Eager to find a new innovative project, Trinity Mirror launched an ‘in-house’ competition in the style of ‘Dragon’s Den’.
The winner, Louise Midgely, a web developer at their north-east division, NCJ Media, won a cash prize and a share in future profits for her idea – to create a wikipedia specialising in the northeast area – wikinortheast.co.uk.
The site will offer a cache of digital archives documenting the region’s history.
People holding information about the region will be able to access and update the site with their own knowledge.
So far top searches include the Roman emperor Hadrian, Alan Shearer, and Tyneside gangster, Viv Graham.